CTARA seminar -the first one of this new academic year - arranged by Prof. Bakul Rao.
Abstract: The benefits of genomics and biotechnology are concentrated primarily in thedeveloped countries, while their potential to combat neglected/orphandisorders inthe developing countries has been largely untapped. The challenges in developingcountries involve the limited or even absent regulatoryinfrastructure, economics,limited capacity to offer diagnostics, treatments and strategies adopted pertainingto the country specific needs. Awareness, capacity building,approaches and policiesbecome crucial to address any issue, more the orphan/neglected geneticdisorders. In India, with its population over a billion, the anticipated number of childrenaffected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), should be high and thereis anurgent need to incorporate genetic approaches into their health care systems andservices.Public health being the centre?s vision, its main aim is to reachscience to thecommunity. This has been accomplished through its knowledge, skills and expertise. The centre?s accomplishments in capacity building , establishment of aworkingmodel to holistically address DMD serves as an example to many of the public health related issues in the country, more to reach the rural.With our passionate and committed efforts in the past 10 years, we haveevolvedcomprehensive and holistic services that include Molecular diagnostics, counseling,multidisciplinary clinical care, rehabilitation, outreach and familysupport, one ofits kind in the country. This has set a strong base towards research for a cure.
Our initiatives have paved way to understand the role an NGO could play inofferingquality services, reach out to the mass through its rural initiatives,collaborate with the government health system and above all sensitise students to the needs ofthe community.We believe that the above efforts have set the platform towards aholistic,integrated, multidisciplinary approach in a country ours that againcontributesto global efforts .